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25 memorialized after losing their lives to domestic violence in MN last year

A memorial for 25 victims of intimate partner homicide last year in Minnesota is being held in St. Paul Tuesday.

A vehicle procession, each adorned with the name and photo of one of the 25 people, will depart from the Drake Bank building on Plato Boulevard at 11:45 am, make its way through downtown and conclude outside the Capitol at noon with a moment of silence.

They were also each remembered in a virtual memorial on Tuesday morning.

“We can only imagine the lifetime of loss and pain that is felt by their friends and family,” said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan during the event. “But when someone is lost to intimate partner homicide, it is a collective trauma that expands far into the community.

A collage of photos memorializes victims of intimate partner homicide during 2021 in Minnesota (Courtesy of Violence Free Minnesota)

Violence Free Minnesota, which collects information about the circumstances of the cases, will release its annual homicide report on relationship abuse in Minnesota in October. The number of victims from last year will likely grow as the organization learns more about the circumstances of cases.

Of the 25 known cases, Violence Free Minnesota says:

  • 20 were killed by a current or former intimate partner.
  • Five were bystanders who were killed in domestic violence-related situations.
  • Five victims were either killed or found in public places.
  • At least 12 victims were Black, Indigenous and/or people of color.
  • At least 21 minors were left without a parent due to intimate partner violence.

There were 30 known victims of intimate violence homicides in 2020. There were an average of 23 domestic violence-related homicides a year between 2015 and 2019, based on Violence Free Minnesota statistics.

Among the people memorialized Tuesday were D’Zondria D. Wallace, 30, and her children, La’Porsha Wallace, 14, and Ja’Corbie Wallace, 11. They were fatally shot in their St. Paul home last Jan. thirty.

Wallace and TeKeith Jones had been dating, but their relationship soured and she was trying to leave him behind, a friend has said. Jones received a 72-year prison sentence in November for the triple murder.

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